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The Grit in the Pearl : The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll - Lyndsy Spence

The Grit in the Pearl

The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

Hardcover Published: 19th May 2019
ISBN: 9780750986991
Number Of Pages: 256

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Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (1912-1993) was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions. But in 1963, the year of the Profumo Affair, the 11th Duke of Argyll shocked the country when he alleged that his adulterous wife had slept with over eighty men behind his back. He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life. On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993.

Lyndsy Spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class. It uses hitherto unpublished sources, including taped conversations, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, interviews and letters. The Grit in the Pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, privacy, the media, sex, power, and relationships between classes.

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About the Author

Lyndsy Spence is the author of The Mitford Girls' Guide to Life (THP, 2013), Mrs Guinness: The Rise & Fall of a Thirties Socialite (THP, 2015) and The Mistress of Mayfair (THP, 2016). She is the founder of The Mitford Society, a popular online community dedicated to the Mitford sisters.

ISBN: 9780750986991
ISBN-10: 0750986999
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 19th May 2019
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54

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